UPDATE: A bushfire emergency issued for Poison Swamp Road and Darradup in Nannup

UPDATE: A bushfire emergency issued for Poison Swamp Road and Darradup in Nannup

UPDATE 3.17pm

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Poison Swamp Road and the Darradup community in the SHIRE OF NANNUP

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in the Darradup community including Poison Swamp Road, Helyar Road, Wattle Place and Rivergum Way in the SHIRE OF NANNUP .

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire is escalating in heavy fuels.
  • The fire started west of the Brockman Highway.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.
  • Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.
  • Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
  • If you are not at home, it's too dangerous to return.

If you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19:

  • You should leave and find alternative accommodation with family or friends who live away from the area.
  • If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.
  • Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the area bounded by Crouch Road and Brook Road to the north, Brockman Highway to the south and east, and Judy Road and Blackwood Road to the west, including Blackwood River camp sites and Jalbarragup in SHIRE OF NANNUP

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in the area bounded by Crouch Road and Brook Road to the north, Brockman Highway to the south and east, and Judy Road and Blackwood Road to the west, including Blackwood River camp sites and Jalbarragup in SHIRE OF NANNUP.

  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
  • The fire started west of the Brockman Highway.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
  • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

If you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 and plan to leave:

  • Leave now and find alternative accommodation with family or friends who live away from the area.
  • If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.
  • Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving fast in a north westerly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.
  • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

SAFEST ROUTE:

If the way is clear head north towards Nannup along the Brockman Highway .

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Blackwood Road
  • Denny Road
  • Forest tracks in the area

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF NANNUP.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
  • 70 Parks and Wildlife Service, DFES, Volunteer bushfire brigade firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:

Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 12:35 PM on 20 January 2021.
  • Currently there has been 200 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: facebook.com/dfeswa, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every hour unless the situation changes.

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